It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #17

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I can't believe it's only been one week of vacation. I could just see it feeling like forever until school starts which I don't mind one bit! I was sore a lot this week but it would be nice to be not as sore this week so I can get more done exercise wise. I wanted to point out something about the fonts in my posts. Apparently only some computers see it how it is while others get there fonts adjusted to something there computer already has. So if you don't see a slightly squiggly font on the larger font than your computer doesn't see my fonts right. I tried to fix it but my template doesn't want to help me... 

l want to thank everyone for their suggestions on books to read by the end of this year. I can get some from the library so I hope to do that soon. I appreciate the recommendations!

One thing I missed this week was the discussion I planned but I will be hopefully doing that this week. Hope you all had a great week of reading!

In other news... here's a picture of Dylan O'Brien I saw on the teen wolf season 3 behind the scenes wikia under the pictures section. It's Dylan O'Brien, Thomas, training for the Maze Runner Movie with Will Poulter who is supposed to have a lead role but no one knows who he will be yet. People are saying he's Gally so there is probably truth in that. I just can't find a definite yes towards that claim. He is on with others who have been cast so check it out and let me know what you think. If it's right then I am happy with who's playing Newt. I must read the trilogy again.

I'm also excited about watching The Great Gatsby. I don't know if I will be able to watch it this week but I do plan on watching it eventually.

Anyone planning on watching The Great Gatsby?

Past Week Reads/Reviews

I read Fields of Elysium, Scumble, and Cake last week. Fields of Elysium really got me out of my reading "funk" so much so that right after I read it I read Scumble which I will be reviewing soon. I also read Cake which  concluded my reading for the week.

My reviews:

Currently Reading:  

"the giant.

Joel Cranston shouldn't exist. He just doesn't know that yet. He's lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you've ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school. 

the school.

Newstead is a private school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It's a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn't exist while you train them to be tomorrow's rulers, tomorrow's dictators, tomorrow's gods.

the unexpected. 

Rachel Newell thinks she's just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months, and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay. 

Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is

the newstead project." 

Girls & Monsters

"This dark but uplifting collection of five Young Adult novellas includes:

Death Song: Liz is in love with Joe, but the monster of the lake has other plans for them.

Black Dog: Scarlet is engaged in a struggle for her sanity, but according to the voice in her head, she may be too late.

A Blue Story: When Katherine's beloved dog goes missing, she fears her strange new neighbor might be involved.

Dust Bunnies: Christiane faces her childhood arachnophobia and ends up confronting even greater fears in this test of sisterhood.

We Left at Night: Brooke and her family must abandon their home and their lives to make it out of a disease-plagued town overrun by zombies.

Girls & Monsters is for everyone who has ever been brave enough to confront their childhood fears...and lived to tell about it." 

The Forgotten Ones

"Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity." 

Wacko Academy

"Eighth grader Lily Mason has enough hassles dealing with siblings, cranky teachers and the cute new guy in school.  But when she's kidnapped and brought to the elite Wackerson (Wacko) Academy, it will take all of her smarts and courage to outwit the school's treacherous owner - even if it means teaming up with his infuriating and unnecessarily handsome son.  At once funny, harrowing and romantic, Wacko Academy is a book that will enthrall and entertain adult and young adult readers alike!" 

Book Discoveries:

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
 "It's not like I meant for Danley to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

Inspired by Mark Goldblatt's own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters." 

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
 "Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful — and most hunted — girl in England. 

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing — and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses — women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic." 

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
"Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.

Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.

But Marina won’t let them go without a fight."

Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
“Why? is the burning question on everyone’s lips. Why would a guy like Mathéo Walsh want to die? At seventeen, he is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great mates and is the envy of everyone around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy...

Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.

Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever..."

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.”

Finally for all of you looking for a laugh you really should check out the video below that is like a little preview for this book. 

What are you reading this week?


  1. The cover for Uninvited is pretty cool! I wasn't too keen on it at first, but it has really grown on me. And All Our Yesterdays is a great read! It's not without its faults, but I thought it was one of the better sci-fi thrillers around today.

    I'm still unsure about The Great Gatsby. I wasn't the biggest fan of the book, but that movie does look very good. I've been listening to a lot of the songs on the soundtrack and love them. I probably will see it eventually. ;)

  2. Uninvited looks very intriguing! So does Hurt. Thanks for the reviews! Happy reading!

  3. I really enjoy Sophie Jordan's book, but haven't seen the cover of Uninvited yet! That Cake book looks awesome too!

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  4. I'm planning to go see The Great Gatsby! I haven't read the book or anything but my friend is trying to get me to. I also just discovered All Our Yesterdays this week to and quickly added it to my TBR.

  5. I want to read My Life Next Door. Uninvited and Hurt sound really good.
    Happy reading.
    Thanks for stopping by My It’s Monday!

  6. I've seen some of these books on NetGalley. I have Twerp and I have heard good things about it. Right now I'm reading The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson. I just finished Ella Enchanted this morning.

  7. Firs of I need to read The Maze Runner! I believe soon! :) Then I have missed your Fields of Elysium review :O I'm going to check it up! For your current reads I can't wait to see what you think of The Forgotten Ones. Also You must read Hurt. I mean I love her books so I expect a lot! Great post! :)

  8. I can't wait to see The Great Gatsby! It looks like you have gotten to read some interesting books lately. I am curious about Twerp!


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